President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo has imposed an indefinite curfew in the city of Beni located in the northeastern part of the country, according to local media reports.
The curfew came following three bomb attacks in the city on Sunday.
Local media reports that the first bomb attack occurred near a Roman Catholic Church where two Christians, both women, were injured and treated for their wounds
Hours after, a suicide bomber exploded outside a popular bar in the city, leaving scores of people injured and about two persons dead.
On Saturday, a petrol station was targeted by unidentified gunmen in the city’s outskirts, causing material damage, but no one was injured, according to state media.
President Tshisekedi said that the attackers are planning more attacks in the city, the reason why he imposed a curfew for the security forces to track down the attackers and bring them to book.
Narcisse Muteb, the Mayor of the city, has called on the population to respect the curfew imposed by the president.
“I don’t want to see anyone in the street. Everyone should go inside because we have information that something else is being planned,” AFP quoted the mayor as saying.
No group has claimed responsibility for the three separate attacks, but government security forces are pointing fingers at the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for being behind the attack. ADF has been responsible for numerous attacks in the northern part of the country.
In May last year, more than 50 people were killed in the northern part of the country, and Beni city was one of the cities where President Tshisekedi imposed a curfew.
Tshisekedi received Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, and both men discussed the security challenges in the northern part of the country and how their cooperation can help reduce tension in the region.